Commuter Students

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Welcome to Lehigh!

Orientation aims to help your transition to college life. This is your chance to meet your new classmates and the student Orientation Leaders, learn about Lehigh’s academic and social expectations, and have fun! As a commuter student, you will participate in the full four-day Orientation program which will take place from Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23, 2020

Check-In Information

You will check in for Orientation on Thursday, August 20 from 8:00am – 11:30am in Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus. It is important that you check in at that time so you can receive your Orientation group number and your academic schedule.

Join us for lunch on the Front Lawn from 11:30am-1:30pm. Your first mandatory session will be the Commuter Social which will take place on Thursday, August 20 from 2:00pm-2:45pm in University Center 306. This session will allow you to meet fellow commuters as well as Brett Johnson, the Assistant Manager of Parking Services, who will provide information about parking on campus. See you then!

Helpful Tips and Resources

We want to make sure you get connected with the most fitting people and resources to aid your college success. During Orientation, there will also be opportunities for you to connect with other commuters and hear a presentation from Parking Services to answer any of your questions!

Here are some helpful tips for your first semester:

  • Plan Ahead - Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to campus, find parking, and get to class. This might include taking a “test drive” to campus on the days and times you plan to head to campus so you know how long it takes! You can do this whether you plan to drive a car to Lehigh or take the bus. Also, it might be helpful to learn additional routes to campus in case there is traffic or bus delays.
  • Maximize your time - There are many ways in which you can get the most out of your time while you are commuting such as downloading your class reading as an audiobook that you can listen to on your way to class. If you have gaps of time between classes, use that to head to the library (or your favorite study space!) to work on your homework or group projects.
  • Get involved - A great way to be connected to campus is to get involved! Check out the Community and Club Expo held on Monday, August 26 from 4pm-6pm on the Front Lawn and sign up for the clubs that interest you! You can also explore some of the club options here.  
  • Get to know the campus - Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to study, somewhere to get coffee, or a trail to go for a run, it is important that you take the time to get to know the campus so it can begin to feel more like home. Here are some of our favorites – what are yours? Let us know at and we will add it to our list!

Places to Study:

  • Commuter Student Lounge – Trembley
  • Fairchild-Martindale Library
  • Girdler Gallery – University Center (first floor)
  • Linderman Library
  • STEPS Concourse & 3rd and 4th floor tables

Places to get Coffee:

  • Barnes & Nobles Bookstore
  • Saxbys
  • Rauch – Common Grounds
  • University Center 2nd floor - Baker's Junction
  • Lucy's Cafe
  • EWFM Lounge
  • Global Cafe - Williams Hall

Places to go for a Run:

  • Taylor Gym
  • Bethlehem’s Towpath
  • Goodman Campus
  • Anywhere around campus

Know your resources - Lehigh offers a plethora of resources including tutoring, counseling, leadership opportunities, career and internship services, study abroad, and more!

Share your local knowledge - As a commuter, you will know the area better than many of your fellow Lehigh students. Share your experience with them! Introduce them to your favorite restaurants, take them for a tour, or show them the places in the Lehigh Valley that they might not discover on their own.

Questions about parking? Please visit or call (610) 758-7275